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Dear WIN’ners!


We could start this email with the very same words as our last one with just changing the number of weeks from four to six: As we enter this sixth week of quarantine we hope you and your loved ones are doing as well as you can given the situation. In this time of physical distancing, it's more important than ever to remain social and connect with others either online with a Zoom Happy Hour, a 6 foot apart walk outside or maybe a Zoom with US!

Many thanks to all of you who have already signed up for our event tomorrow morning. We're excited to see you and have your learn more from our three amazing entrepreneurs. If you haven't signed up, see the link below.

What Just Happened:
 
On March 31, 2020, building on the theme of the economic power that we have as women, we made a logical next step to connect with our next generation of young people who are doing the work in building a world in which we have a more equitable distribution of wealth, land and power.   Via Zoom, we had an engaging conversation with Lane Fury of the Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE).  Lane talked about the work of cooperative finance and Resource Generation, a multiracial membership community of young people (18-35) with wealth and/or class privilege committed to the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power.   Lane talked about an effort related to COVID 19, Pledge to Share My Stimulus Check – from this effort, “For many of us, this money would just go to our savings or to purchase unnecessary things. For those of us who are lucky enough to be financially stable, this is a small step we can take to ensure that we all have enough to make it through this collective crisis.” If you can…
 
And, on April 8, 2020, the NH WIN had a follow up conversation on Revenue Based Financing (a.k.a royalty financing) via Zoom with Janice St. Onge of the Flexible Capital Fund (the Flex Fund) and John Hamilton of NHCLF’s Vested for Growth (VfG) program.  Both the Flex Fund and VfG have been using revenue based financing structures for over a decade as a way to invest in growing Vermont and NH companies seeking risk capital that doesn’t require ownership dilution or unicorn returns.  Janice & John talked about their experience using RBF, when it can be a viable alternative to equity investment, and the challenges and opportunities RBF provides for investors.  We hope to have this webinar posted on the NNE WIN website soon. 

Be well,


Janice, Laury and Louisa 
LAST CALL for tomorrow's event!
April 21st 8:30 - 10:15 am
Online, Zoom


Women Using Their Economic Power to Help Get Through These Challenging Times

 
We’re in unprecedented times right now.  Vermont is under “shelter in place” orders. We all need to do our part in remaining physically distant, but socially connected.  Meanwhile, main street businesses in our communities are shut down, and innovative entrepreneurs are struggling to keep their companies alive, and employees safe and employed.  The U.S. Congress has authorized a $2 Trillion emergency package which includes payouts to every American filing a tax return, as well as emergency loans like the Paycheck Protection Program and Emergency Loan Program to be administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration.  These programs can’t come soon enough, but these programs alone won’t get us through this health and economic crisis.  We all have a role to play.  As women investors (main street & high net worth), philanthropists and consumers, now more than every we need to use our economic power to not only support critical impact businesses through this current crisis, but help them through recovery as well.  And, we have an opportunity to shape what recovery and prosperity looks like – meaning we can influence systems change in support of a more just and sustainable economy.
 
Join us on April 21st for a conversation with three women entrepreneurs who have presented to VT WIN in the past, and are now facing challenges and seeking opportunity in this current economic distruption.  Eleanor Leger of Eden Specialty Ciders, Lindsay DesLauriers of Bolton Valley Resort, and Dawn Lancaster of Pure Energy, will join us for an open conversation about what they are experiencing first hand in their businesses right now, and ways in which VT WIN members can help.  Then we’ll shift to a conversation about how to support entrepreneurs in your your community to first survive and come out the other side stronger. 

As always, there will be time for a discussion and sharing ideas.
 
Agenda for Online Event:
  • 8:30am -  WIN intro and meeting guidelines
  • 8:40am – Eleanor Leger of Eden Specialty Ciders, Lindsay DesLauriers of Bolton Valley Resort, and Dawn Lancaster of Pure Energy Apothecary – an entrepreneurial conversation about the challenges they are facing, and needs with Q&A. Each will share:
    - a quick introduction to their business
    - their experience with handling the current crisis. How has it affected their business?
    - where they have found opportunity?
    - how can our community help?
    Time for Q&A
  • 9:40am – Louisa Schibli, Laury Saligman and Janice St. Onge – discussion on how we are and you can support entrepreneurs during and after this crisis
  • 9:50am - Open Discussion
  • 10:15am – Wrap up and WIN Business
The meeting is free and open to women interested in learning more about how they can invest with their values. 

If you have questions or need more information, feel free to contact  us at vermontwin@gmail.com
Register Here
NNE WIN April Meeting
April 30th, 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Online, Zoom


Entrepreneur Story: Meet Krista Scruggs and Caitlin Braam of ZAFA Wines

 
Date: Thursday, April 30th
Time: 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Zoom, link will be sent prior to event

We're excited to have Krista Scruggs and Caitlin Braam of ZAFA Wines join us to tell their story.   ZAFA Wines has become one of the pioneers in the "New American" wine revival, focusing on hybrid grapes in Vermont. Making waves with its traditional methods, ZAFA is reframing the conversation around sustainability and farming in wine.  They We create wines, ciders, co-fermentations and blends of apples and grapes using native fermentation and a 0/0 ethos (no fining, filtering or additives). With a focus on sparkling, ZAFA uses only biodynamic and organic fruit, including hybrid grape varietals and wild apples. Retailing at $43 per bottle, ZAFA Wines introduces 10-14 new releases per year with sold out releases and pre-allocated distribution.  They’ll be time for Q&A with Krista and Caitlin, and after our conversation we’ll leave time to talk about the story and opportunity to support this emerging woman owned company.  We’ll leave time for “open topic” discussion, meaning what’s on your mind related to investing, COVID 19, or whatever’s on your mind.  This meeting is free and open to any women and gender non-conforming people who want to learn more about how women in business and investing can bring positive change to this world.  
 
And in anticipation of 4/30, here’s a link to a great video featuring Krista Scruggs, the founder and this link on their website showing the national press Krista and ZAFA have already received despite their early stage. 

No Cost to Attend, but Pre-registration is Required. 
Register Here
Save the Dates for these VTWIN and NNEWIN Events

May 20 - NNEWIN ***Please note this event has been moved to September. Date TBD***
"Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs & the Importance of Women Angel Investors" to be held at Hotel Concord, Concord, NH 12:00 Noon–5:30 pm. More info to follow.

May 28 - VTWIN
Then on Thursday, May 28, Karin Chamberlain, Director of Impact Investments at Clean Yield Asset Management will join us for morning coffee event at Local 64 in Montpelier from 8:30am to 10am.

June 17 - NNEWIN
"2020 Angels in Training: A Maine WIN Experiential Investment Workshop" to be held at Preti Flaherty in Portland, ME 8:30 am-4:00 pm. More info to follow.
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About Us
The Vermont Women’s Investor Network (WIN) is a new initiative that supports female investors and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Vermont. Our long-term goals include pooling skills, expertise, and capital to help close the gender gap in funding; supporting local businesses; creating positive environmental and social impact; and generating positive financial return.
 
VT WIN STEERING COMMITTEE
Laury Saligman, laury@vernalventures.org
Janice St. Onge, Flexible Capital Fund: janice@flexiblecapitalfund.com
Louisa Schibli, Milk Money VT: louisa@milkmoneyvt.com

Disclaimer:  The Vermont Women’s Investors Network (VT WIN) is not for solicitation of professional services.  VT WIN is not an investment advisor, financial advisor, broker/dealer or other type of advisor or fiduciary.   VT WIN is not affiliated with the companies attending VT WIN meetings, and does not endorse, effectuate investment in or recommend the securities of any of the companies attending.
 
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